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Same-sex partners should be allowed to adopt children.

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Topic: Same-sex partners should be allowed to adopt children A Question of justice In western countries, anti-homosexual legislation has been abolished more or less completely. Despite the fact that gay and lesbian people still have to defend themselves against prejudiced opinions, this development as a whole is widely accepted. Thus, it seems likely that this process of homosexual emancipation will continue. The federal state of Hamburg, Germany attempted to establish a precedent last year by creating the so-called "Hamburg marriage", i.e. homosexual partnerships can be treated on equal terms with marriages (at least as far as the federal legal system in Germany allows). The logical consequence of this decision would be to allow homosexuals to adopt children. ...read more.


Firstly, one might come up with legal reasons. If all women and men are equal, what right does the state have to forbid the adoption of children by gay or lesbian couples? To me, this regulation seems highly problematic and I suppose it will be difficult to defend once it is challenged in court. Secondly, all the arguments against adoption by same-sex partners seem to centre round the same question: are there alternatives to the classic mother-father-child family or not? If all families consisted of parents ant their children, happily together, and if this is the only we want the family (as the nucleus of our society) ...read more.


More and more families have become highly dysfunctional. Thsi development is sad, but it could also encourage us to attempt to find new ways of letting children experience a happy childhood. At the end of the day, children need love, care and support and as long as same-sex partners are willing and able to care for a child, they should receive the chance to do so. All things considered, I can understand that some people have problems imagining a gay or lesbian family. Yet I think it is at the same time just for those children who seek a new home to allow same-sex partners to adopt children. This is not a question of what our personal opinion about the way families should be organised is, but of justice in the reality of our modern world. ...read more.

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